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Taco Night: Lentil Eggplant Edition!

Taco night is a HUGE deal in our house.  It is one of the few meals where the bf and I will both get fancy in the kitchen together.  It's easy, because you can make tacos out of ANYTHING!  He usually does a spicy turkey taco, but I mix it up almost every time.  I had a few chinese eggplants in the garden, so I thought I would use those. Before taco night began, I whipped up an easy mango salsa.  I usually do this with three mangos, but 2 had gone bad on the corner (SADNESS), so I only ended up with one. Dana's Easy Mango Salsa 3 mangos (or however many you have) 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can fiesta corn, rinsed and drained 2 cans hot rotelle (this will make it very spicy, so beware!) 3 limes, squeezed chopped cilantro salt and pepper to taste I just toss this all in a bowl and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour.  You can lay off the hot rotelle and do fresh tomatoes and jalepenos.  We were going for easy. Taco ni

Candy Corn Nail FAIL

Yesterday I was feeling a bit under the weather, so after work I resigned myself to the couch for some romantic movie watching and nail painting. I have been pinning things like crazy, and I came upon an Offbeat Bride article about candy corn nails.  These seemed fun, so I decided to have a try. it was.... a complete disaster. I'm not really good at the whole nail painting thing anyway, but I slathered these babies WAAAAY too thick.  When I pulled the tape off (which managed to keep the orange paint on all but one nail) it was evident of what a terrible job I had done. AAAHHHHhhhhhhhhHHHHH scary!! Here's the finished product.  Someone with a little more experience at the whole nail thing would probably have done a much better job.  I had the finished product done for about 15 minutes before the nail polish remover came out. I'm going to try again tonight for just ORANGE nails.  No fancy stuff. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! MWHAHAHAHAHAHA

Kale and White Bean Soup!

While in Philadelphia, I was lucky enough to have my roommates from college come down from New York and visit me.  Even though we tried out a bunch of great restaurants, we also took a night to cook and drink wine. Once we gathered all the necessary ingredients at the Reading Terminal Market, we set out to make this amazing soup! This recipe write up comes from my friend David, and it was a great hit!  Above it is shown served over crusty bread.  Kale and White Bean Soup! 2 bundles of lacinato kale (Tuscan Kale, substitute with Broccoli Rabe rather than regular Kale if you can't find lacinato kale) 2 cans Canellini Beans (or equivalent of fresh beans soaked overnight) 1 White Onion (chopped) 5-7 Cloves of Garlic (minced but not too fine) pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (non-vegan add) parmigiana or pecorino romano cheese (fresh block not pre-shredded) 1 loaf of freshly baked Tuscan white bread Saute onions in large pot with olive oil until relatively clea

Owls!

So, I posted my sketchbook owls earlier, so here are a few things I did with them. Creepy drag queen owl Super cute owl Goofy dork owl and this guy.... well... this guy has issues. Here are all the little guys together!

Deconstructed Eggplant Parm

What do you do when your mother shows up at your house with 3 huge eggplants from the garden?  You make vegan eggplant parm!!  This recipe actually has a vegetarian variation.  My boyfriend is good at eating vegan food, but he's not crazy about the fake cheeses, so I used real cheese on his stack. Vegan Eggplant Parm 1 eggplant, peeled, sliced, salted and pressed cooking oil whole wheat white flour panko soymilk spaghetti sauce banana peppers For Pesto: 3 cups walnuts 4 lemons olive oil 8 cloves garlic salt and pepper to taste vegan cheese substitute So, for starters, I took my salted and pressed eggplant, flopped it around in flour, dipped it in soymilk, rolled it in panko, and dumped it into the fryer. Once the eggplant was nice and crispy, I set it aside on a paper bag to drain some of the oil.  Once cooled, I even moved to a large tupperware with paper towels to further soak up some of the oil. Since I almost

Craft Night: Fall 2012

Fall is here in Little Rock, and so is CRAFT NIGHT!  We have these every so often with several ladies, some in the architecture profession, some not.  For this craft night, I decided I wanted to make a Fall/Halloween/Owl themed wreath.  I did a quick sketch of owls after searching "Felt Owls" on Pinterest. I think I will live trace these and do something fun with them later this weekend.  I like the tiny one. So, once I had determined a goofy owl, I did a quick sketch of what I wanted and set out for materials. Here is my best guess price estimate on materials.  I had to run out quickly at lunch, so all of these were purchased at the Wal-Mart down the street. Branch Wreath:  3.50 Felt (yellow): 2@0.23=0.46 Felt (red): 2@0.23=0.46 Felt (orange): 2@0.23=0.46 black pipe cleaners: 2.00 white pipe cleaners: 2.00 black ribbon: 2.00 orange ribbon: 2.00 Assuming you already have a hot glue gun, you can make this for under 15 bucks.  I had a lot of

Vegan Philadelphia!

So, you may be wondering, how did this sketch blog turn into a food blog?  Well, I haven't been doing a lot of drawing lately, but I have been traveling.... and eating!  Being a vegan in Arkansas is not the end of the world, but there is a stark difference when visiting cities.  This weekend I was in Philadelphia, and I was BLOWN AWAY by all the options.  Since I don't have a drawing for you guys this week, here is my vegan in Philadelphia recap! (I am anticipating all the food I am about to eat!) The Royal Tavern Now, I don't have a picture to show you, but this was my first stop on the vegan food tour.  After several beers at an irish bar, we made our way to The Royal Tavern for dinner.  There were vegan options galore, and I settled on the tempeh club.  HOLY CRAP.  It was absolutely amazing and super filling.  It came with an vegan aioli that everyone was fighting to dump their delicious fries in.  This definitely set a great tone for all the amazing food that wa

Creamy Potato Soup!

So, aside from drawing pumpkins last night, I was making soup.  I love fall and all the huge pots of soup that come with it!  I was lucky enough to be given a huge bag of kale by a co-worker, so I had to decide what to make with it.  Garlic and greens soup came to mind, but since the bf isn't too keen on "brothy" soups, I went with something more creamy! Excuse the dark iphone photo and the general "goopy-ness" look of the soup, this is DELICIOUS! I topped it off with some green onions and sriracha.  NOMS. Here is a general ingredient list: 1 large sweet yellow onion --Chopped and sauteed in vegetable broth Two heads of garlic -- Roasted in the oven and then dropped in the soup  Two large leeks -- Chopped and sauteed in vegetable broth 1 large bag of kale -- Sauteed in pot with onion and leeks 2 boxes low sodium vegetable broth -- remainder poured in pot 4 lbs yukon gold potatoes -- Rough chopped and put in pot Unsweetened soymilk -- Put in enou

Happy Halloween

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday.  I really like the art, spirit and costumes.  Tonight I did a little sketch for you in celebration of PUMPKINS!! If you have a favorite part of Halloween that you want me to doodle, leave a comment below. GET CARVING!

Wine + Love = Scribble!

70's colored love!

So, I've been drawing and sketching a lot more lately.  I have recently been fortunate enough to have a lot better setup as far as computers go... like.. a lot better.  I have Josh (the bf) to thank for the new set-up, so I thought I'd post a little sketch I did for him. Here's the raw sketch on paper. I pulled it into photoshop and lightened up the paper color, then I went to Illustrator to do a little live tracing. Here is just a quick color study, veeeery 1970's! I plan on using the vector drawing in gimp and coloring it with the wacom, which may make an appearance soon.  All of this is really just to improve my computer illustration skills, which are in their infant phase currently. Thanks for the new setup, Josh.  You rock! :D